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Conference: Professionalism and Expertise Today

Dec 2, 2016 09:00AM to 05:00PM
Friend Center Convocation Room
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Open to the Public, Registration Required
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Organized by the Center for the Study of Social Organization and co-sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Industrial Relations Section

“Professionalism and Expertise Today” is the subject of a Princeton University conference on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, open to all students, faculty and the public. Organized by the Center for the Study of Social Organization and co-sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Industrial Relations Section, the conference will explore the forces affecting the professions today.

  • Both private companies and public agencies are substituting algorithms for individual professional judgment in making various kinds of decisions. What happens to legal accountability in the process?
  • Licensing has spread in recent decades and covers an increasing proportion of jobs, while unionization has declined: What are the implications for economic inequality of these changing patterns of “occupational closure?”
  • Professionals in the federal government, such as climate scientists and civil rights lawyers, face difficult choices in light of the election. How should they think about their responsibilities?
  • Economic and technological change has reshaped the demand for professional skills, and several professions such as journalism and law are feeling the impact. What are the long-term implications?

Leading scholars from sociology, law and economics will be speaking at the conference, which was organized by Paul Starr, Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs and professor of sociology and public affairs. Find out more about the conference and register here: http://bit.ly/2fsFHMc